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ISPs Being Asked To Record Data

PRIVACY LAW—SWITZERLAND & U.S.

July 12, 2011

In nations on both sides of the Atlantic, Internet service providers (ISPs) may be required to record customer information to assist in investigations. CNET News reports on U.S. law enforcement representatives' endorsement of a proposed federal law, scheduled for a hearing today, that would require ISPs to store user data logs for 18 months. Meanwhile, in Switzerland, plans to revise the Data Protection Act include requiring ISPs to record and release client data and allowing "the government to install Trojan viruses on computers and use mobile phone network data to ease dragnet investigations," swissinfo.ch reports in a question-and-answer with one privacy expert who believes the concept goes too far.
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